As an advocate for the arts in our community, HCAC develops partnerships with schools, nonprofits, government entities, city revitalization boards, economic development councils, chambers of commerce, and tourism bureaus. These partnerships are often the catalyst for sustainable economic and community development  and can lead to programs that connect diverse parts of the county through shared arts experiences.

With the assistance and support of the North Carolina Arts Council, HCAC has an important role in sustaining, growing, and advocating for the arts in Haywood County. The HCAC is a Designated County Partner (DCP) for the North Carolina Arts Council, and administers the Grassroots Arts Program subgrant process as well as the Artist Support Grant for Buncombe, Henderson, Polk, Rutherford, and Transylvania Counties.

2021 Grant Opportunities:

HCAC is still awaiting funding and coordinating with partners on the updated protocols for the 2021 – 2022 grant process. Please sign up for HCAC’s newsletter for up to date information.

2021 Artist Support Grant:

The 2021 Artist Support Grant Application period is closed. For those who applied to the grant, please review the timeline below for next steps:


November: Partners recruit jurors

December 13, 2021: Jurors submit their review

December 16, 2021: Partners meet to finalize awards

Last week of December: Applicants made aware of award status

January 2021: Awardees submit appropriate paperwork and receive grant award

June 2021: Awardees submit final report.



The North Carolina Arts Council builds on our state’s longstanding love of the arts, leading the way to a more vibrant future. The Arts Council is an economic catalyst, fueling a thriving nonprofit creative sector that generates $2.12 billion in annual direct economic activity. The Arts Council also sustains diverse arts expression and traditions while investing in innovative approaches to art-making. The North Carolina Arts Council has proven to be a champion for youth by cultivating tomorrow’s creative citizens through arts education

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